Applied Animal Biology (MSc, PhD)

Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue CentreThe Applied Animal Biology program (formerly, Animal Science) offers opportunities for advanced study and research on animals under human care. Students interested in improving the lives of animals have the opportunity to complete a M.Sc. or Ph.D. through the UBC Animal Welfare Program.

Students interested in applied and basic aspects in cattle reproduction and the interrelations with health, behaviour and nutrition are welcome to apply for M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Applied Animal Biology (Animal Reproduction Laboratory).

The UBC Animal Welfare Program is one of the largest and most respected programs in the world in the field of animal welfare science. Since its inception in 1997, the Program’s research has led to improvements in the lives of animals in British Columbia and around the world. The mission of the program is to improve the welfare and humane care of animals in agriculture, research, companionship and other areas through active efforts in research, education and public outreach. For additional information view the UBC Animal Welfare website.

Applicants to the Applied Animal Biology program should have an academic background within the minimum academic requirements listed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Master of Science

The M.Sc. program requirements are as follows:

Completion of the M.Sc. program requires a thesis (12 or 18 credits) plus coursework, for a total of 30 credits. With a 12-credit thesis, students can include a maximum of 6 credits of senior undergraduate courses. With an 18-credit thesis, students can include a maximum of 3 credits of senior undergraduate courses.

Students who are planning a professional career will typically enrol in the 12-credit thesis option. The 18-credit value option requires a more intensive research experience and is more appropriate for students considering the Ph.D. program or a research career. The thesis credit decision should be determined in consultation with the student and research advisor at the start of the program.

Additional coursework may be recommended upon consultation with the student's supervisory committee.

Ph.D.

The Ph.D. program requirements are as follows:

  • coursework will be selected in consultation with the student's supervisory committee.
  • students are required to take a comprehensive examination.
  • completion of a research thesis demonstrating ability to conduct significant and original scientific research.

Course Work

Coursework is selected in consultation with the students supervisory committee includes graduate courses in animal science and from other areas relevant to each students research.

Animal Biology

Cerri, RonaldoGraduate Advisor; Effects of nutrition, management, behaviour and welfare, and pharmacological control of the estrous cycle on the reproduction of dairy cattle

Farrell, Anthony: Cardiorespiratory physiology, digestive physiology, aquaculture

Rajamahendran, Raja: NOT accepting new students - Reproductive biology, reproductive efficiency in cattle, markers to predict fertility in cattle, genes associated with fertility in cattle

Sullivan, TomBiodiversity, conservation, agroecosystems, wildlife

Thompson, James: NOT accepting new students - Regulation of protein synthesis and degradation, amino acid metabolism, avian and mammalian models, cell culture, organ incubation and whole animal models

Animal Welfare

Fraser, David: Animal welfare, ethics of animal use, applied animal behaviour

Von Keyserlingk, Marina: Animal Welfare

Weary, Dan: Animal welfare, animal ethics

  • Dairy Education and Research Centre. This Centre is unique in Canada and is one of the largest in the world and provides state-of-the-art research facilities for developing and adapting new technologies relevant to the dairy industry. This facility contains 300 free-stalls, a 24-cow milking parlor, office, laboratory and public reception areas. It helps meet the Faculty’s expanding programs in large animal nutrition, reproduction and behavior/welfare.

Adjunct Professors & Associates:

  • Karen Beucheimen, Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (Lethbridge);Nutrition Adjunct Professor, UBC
  • Shabti Bittman, Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, (PARC Agassiz) - Agronomy; Adjunct Professor, UBC
  • J. E. Elliott, Canadian Wildlife Service
  • D. A. Higgs, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • B. N. McLellan, BC Ministry of Forests
  • Anne Marie de Passillé, Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; Adjunct Professor, UBC, Animal Welfare and Behaviour
  • Jeff Rushen, Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; Adjunct Professor, UBC, Animal Welfare and Behaviour
  • Doug Veira, Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Kamloops, BC;Adjunct Professor, UBC, Animal Nutrition and Behaviour

The program is enriched through collaboration with colleagues in programs such as Food Science, Human Nutrition, Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Zoology, as well as agencies such as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada Department of Fisheries and Ocean, Canadian Wildlife Service, the SPCA and various provincial government agencies.

Graduates of the Applied Animal Biology program have pursued academic positions at universities or colleges, research positions at universities and government institutions, consultant positions, or careers in animal-related fields including veterinary medicine, the animal feed manufacturing industry, wildlife rehabilitation, and others.